While studying at university, Mingah found that she loved working with kids. As a program manager, she gets to do exactly this while making a direct, positive impact on their education. When she’s not running programs at Numeric, Mingah likes to do things that bring out her own inner child: playing in the park, messing about with arts and crafts, or dancing to “I’m alert, alive, awake, enthusiastic”.
Ros grew up on a pineapple farm in the Eastern Cape so she can answer any burning questions you may have about how pineapples grow. With this background Ros was destined to become a mathematician, since pineapples are inherently mathematical objects: they are made of adjacent hexagons which form 8 clockwise spirals, 13 anti-clockwise spirals and 21 vertical spirals, all of which are Fibonacci numbers. Ros appreciates the beauty of mathematics for its own sake, and hopes to share this enthusiasm in her teaching.
With over 7 years’ experience in administration, Jo brings her skills and knowledge in assisting the Numeric team with the “behind the scenes” tasks. She believes wholeheartedly in education, especially in the foundation phase and her favourite school subject was mathematics. Jo enjoys sewing, reading and making up random songs.
Anita is passionate about equipping young people for what lies ahead, and believes all people should have a bright and prosperous future. She loves bringing fresh understanding to learners, especially when it comes to Maths. In her spare time she keeps her husband out of trouble, loves having stories read to her, and enjoys the great outdoors.
From the early days of playing Maths24 and making number patterns out of the speedometer reading on his moms Opel Kadett, Andrew has been passionate about numbers. He founded Numeric in October 2011 when he set up his first Khan Academy pilot program in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. He spends most of his time thinking about how to make Khan Academy useful, accessible and relevant to South African learners.
Tamie refers to Mathematics as “steps”. If you jump one or two steps going up the second floor, your legs will get a twinge. But if you don’t skip a step, all goes glibber. Just like a brain, when you skip basics in Maths, your attitude towards Mathematics “grows” negatively. A plane's nose is never face down, unless it’s crashing. Look up! Nose up! And shoot for the stars.
Having started tutoring mathematics at grade 9, Stephen loves numbers and looking for patterns to make maths fun. Stephen loves to be around children and he teaches them mathematics with a smile. He believes that every child has a right to have an excellent mathematics teacher. Being part of Numeric, he gets to see this becoming a reality. When he's not working, Stephen plays soccer, hikes with his niece and spends time with his baby boy Bantu.
Keenan loves puzzles. He's fond of encouraging his peers to think beyond conventional ways of teaching maths and suggesting ways to explain the underlying principles behind procedural ways of solving problems. He is also highly regarded by our learners for explaining the Golden Ratio and encouraging learners to see the beauty of mathematics. He aspires to lecture university maths as a career and continue extending the boundaries of what we think we know about maths.
Rugare is bubbly character who loves working with numbers. Her love for Maths was instilled by her Grade 3 teacher and she never turned back. As a Teach SA Alumnus, she brings with her knowledge, experience and skills that make a meaningful contribution to Numeric's mission of creating high-impact learning environments in low income areas. She's a Maths 24 aficionado and spends most of her time explaining to Numeric directors how to solve the Level 3 cards!
When going down the rides like the Tower of Terror at Gold Reef City, Emisang likes to calculate the average speeds and accelerations. In bus rides or long queues, he likes computing the average wait time or playing sudoku puzzles. But apart from being crazy about numbers, he is passionate about making a sustainable change where ever he is. Khan Academy has given him many "aha" moments, and he looks forward to sharing those moments far and wide!
Onkemetse was raised by his grandmother who did not get a formal education. Live stock and farming were her passions. Even so, being her sidekick gave him plenty of groundwork in maths. He enjoyed looking for patterns in the grass, the trees and the winding paths of ants. At the time, he didn't know he was seeing the Fibonacci sequence at work! He's a big Khan Academy fan, and enjoys spending his time finding ways to take it to the broader South African community.
Sibonelo fell in love with mathematics in her grade 9 classroom, where she had heated debates with her father who was also her maths teacher. It was after this experience that she felt that every student should love and not fear mathematics. During her final year at university, Sibonelo started tutoring grade 12 students in Mathematics and Physics, and this is when she fell in love with working with young people. When not in the office, Sibonelo is probably climbing a mountain or having a long walk along the beach. She also enjoys arts and craft and is always starting craft projects.
By taking over a class whenever a teacher was outside or absent, it was always clear that teaching was both a calling and a passion for Bernice. Growing up on the dusty streets of Soweto, Bernice always loved helping other learners with their school work, especially Mathematics. Her passion for helping others excel has driven Bernice to join the Numeric team and help set strong foundations in Mathematics to create opportunities for learners to realise their dreams.
With her big smile and make-the-circle-bigger attitude, Kristen will do almost anything to make learning fun! Singing out of tune, dancing slightly off beat, and stumbling over clicks while practicing Xhosa are just a few of the things she does to connect with learners. Although she loves teaching in the classroom, she now uses her passion for education to support and encourage our coaches. She is also fond of high-fives, hugs, and hand-written notes.